India – Four people were killed and six others injured when suspected Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) militants triggered a bomb blast in Jalpaiguri district of northern West Bengal on the 26 Dec 13. The attack is thought to be a reprisal for the arrest of some of the KLO members.
Russia – A car bomb has killed three people in southern Russia it was reported on the 27 Dec 13. It is seen as a worrying development six weeks before the country hosts the Winter Olympics. The blast happened at Pyatigorsk in the Russian Caucasus, some 270 kilometres from Sochi where the Games are to take place. The city lies just north of a region which is host to a long-running Islamist insurgency, and where one Chechen warlord urged militants to stop the Olympics as was reported by 361 Security in the 15 Jul 13 Terrorist and Security report. The blast badly damaged a traffic police building. The three victims were reportedly outside; it was not clear whether or not they were police officers. A state of emergency had been declared in the city.
On the 29 Dec 13 a suicide bomber attacked a Russian railway station in Volgograd. There were conflicting reports as to whether the bomber was a female or male and at the time of writing there was no group that took responsibility for the attack. However, if the bomber was a female then this may have been the work of the Chechen Black Widows who in the past have been made up of females all of which have vowed to become martyrs and commit suicide attacks against targets.
Recent terrorist attacks inside Russia:
- 29 December 2013: Suspected female suicide bomber kills at least 14 in attack at Volgograd-1 train station
- 27 December 2013: Car bomb kills three in the southern city of Pyatigorsk
- 21 October 2013: Suspected female suicide bomber kills six in attack on bus in Volgograd
Thailand – Thai authorities defused a makeshift car bomb found near a police station on the popular tourist island of Phuket on the 23 Dec 13. The device was found on the 22 Dec 13 after the authorities searched a suspicious vehicle left in the car park of a police station on the island. The “bomb was found hidden in a pick-up truck which was stolen a few months ago.” A bomb disposal team defused it and found that it was unable to explode. While bombings are common in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued Deep South near the border with Malaysia, it is believed to be the first time that a car bomb has been found in Phuket, which is popular with foreign tourists. Police declined to give details about the type of explosives discovered and it was unclear who left the device. Muslim militants have waged a near-decade-long insurgency in Thailand’s southernmost provinces but they are not known to have targeted Western tourists.